Reverend Timothy Wright and Family in Tragic Car Accident


This message came in from Tammy Taylor. The gospel world is shocked by this news. Keep the Wright Family in your most fervent prayers.

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Driving back from AIM Convention in Detroit MI, Pastor Timothy Wright was in a horrible accident late last night. First Lady Betty Wright was killed instantly and Pastor Timothy Wright is on a ventilator fighting for his life. Their grandson was in the car with them and is fighting for his life as well. Please keep the Wright Family in your prayers!

Ms. Taylor noted later that Pastor Wright is in critical but stable condition.

Sheilah Belle of The Belle Report adds this information:

Lamar Barrack, PA – Around 11p.m. Friday night (July 4, 2008), Rev. Timothy Wright, his wife (First Lady Betty Wright) and their grandson were traveling through Lamar Barrack, PA, on their way back from the AIM Convention in Detroit, Michigan. While en route, police say, an individual was traveling westbound but on the eastbound side (traveling in the wrong direction), and as a result ran into Rev. Timothy Wright’s car head on. Police also say another vehicle traveling in the same direction as Rev. Wright’s car could not see the smoke from the accident and ran into the rear of Rev. Wright’s car.

In the end, the driver traveling in the wrong direction died and the passenger (First Lady Betty Wright) died, as she was sitting in the front right passenger seat.

All were med-flown to Geisinger Hospital in Danville, PA.

Update from Sheilah Belle of the Belle Report:

“Currently, Rev. Timothy Wright is heavily sedated, has several broken bones BUT IS doing better and is currently in critical care. The grandson, 14 year old Daniel, is NOT brain dead, but was on life support and is also doing better.”

From Tammy Taylor:

“Pastor Timothy Wright is in stable condition. He is aware of the people in his room. He’s still on life support. His leg is broken in three places; they’re preparing to take him into surgery on his leg.”

TBGB will continue to post more information as it becomes available.

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32 comments

  1. They are in my prayers!!!

  2. We will keep them in our prayers, as another website is posting that Pastor Wright has passed on as well, and we’re not sure how accurate this piece of information is. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort the remaining family in their time of sorrow. He is truly on His way here and we must be ready for Him when He comes.

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  4. This is so sad. I am so sorry to learn of such a tragedy, but God has a purpose for everything that is done in His will. My prayers are with the family…

  5. My prayers go out to the family.
    from the sister of the late
    Warren Timothy Andrews

  6. My prayers gp out to the family. Keep praying it will change all.
    from the sister of the late Warren Timothy Andrews

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  8. Where there is life, there’s HOPE. Thank God, He’s intervened on their behalves. Halleluiah!! Let’s continue to Pray…

  9. Other sited are ereporting that Rev Wright is not dead, but he is on a respirator and his heart had stopped beating a couple of times.

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  11. The Walker family

    May the Lord comfort and keep the Wright family and also the church family during this great time of sorrow.

  12. We were lifting the Wright family and others involved in the accident up in prayer. We pray for healing in Jesus name.

    Paulette Singleton/National Photographer GAG, Richmond, VA

  13. We are praying for Rev. Timothy Wright, his grandson and family. Also, we are keeping his church family in prayer. God is able.

  14. Prayers for the Wright family. Maybe you can play something by Timothy Wright tonight on Gospel Memories?

  15. Beal. V. Bourne, Knoxville, Tn.

    Beal V. Bourne II, God is able , My prayers are for the family and The church family.

  16. God still in control

  17. My family and I are holding the Wright family and their church in our prayers. God is able.
    Williams Family
    Brooklyn, New York

  18. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. NEWS HAS REPORTED THAT THEIR GRANDSON HAS PASSED ON, IS THIS TRUE? I REALLY HOPE IT IS NOT. HANG IN THEIR, GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!

  19. To quote from Rev Wright’s famous sone – Healer, Healer, Healer!! Pastor know that God is a healer. It is at this time we lift up Pastor Wright and his family and congregation. For God is trult the ultimate Healer!!

  20. MAY THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT SEND HIS GREAT
    COMFORTING POWER TO ALL OF THE FAMILY IS OUR PRAYERS……OKC FRIENDS

  21. I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING PASTOR BETTY WRIGHT AS WELL AS HER GRANDSON. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH REV. WRIGHT AND HIS FAMILY AND THE CHURCH FAMILY……..REMEMBER REVEREND “HEALER, HEALER, HEALER………..JESUS,JESUS,JESUS.” HE IS TRULY A HEALER

  22. You are in my prayers. May the Lord Thy Jesus hold you in his loving hands. He is truly a wonderful god.

  23. We will keep Pastor Timothy Wright’s family along with his church family in our prayers

  24. From Andria Omess-Mt. Vernon, NY
    Like my paster W. Franklin Richardson,III said in our 9:30 am service at The Grace Baptist church in Mount Vernon, NY that he knows that the last word that First Lady Betty Wright must have said during this ordeal was JESUS! JESUS ! JESUS! As we all know she wrote that song Jesus. We know she is a place that the lord have provided for her. Our church is in prayer for the wright family.

  25. My prayers are going up before God right now to give comfort and strength in this time of bereavement to the Wright Family. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4. The Lord loves you, and so do I. God is with you.

  26. To my Frist Counsin and Sister. Thank God for you. We grow up together and We known that God is Able.
    Love you always.

    Counsin Larry D.Martin, MSW.
    Augusta, Ga.

  27. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR TIME OF GREIF AND I WANT YALL TO KNOW THAT IM PRAY FOR YALL TO GET BETTER AND KEEP GOD FIRST.
    LOVE YA ALWAYS

  28. iwill fast and pray for the rev timothy wright and family until he is out of danger.

  29. Sorry to hear about the car accident, we at Solid Rock Bible Ministries will keep you in prayer.
    This family is going through tremdous sorrow and I pray that Jesus walks with them now.I pray somehow the glory of the Lord will shine through this tragic accident and touch the hearts of all.

    If you have time please visit out site, God Bless

    May the Lord Blss you – GW

    http://solidrockbibleministries.blogspot.com/

  30. Such a tragic accident! My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.

  31. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wright family. The loss of a loved one can really be a devastating experience to anyone. I believe it would help make it a little less difficult if they take a look at http://www.deathletters.org. Knowing someone else is going through the same thing helped me cope when I went through the same ordeal.

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